We are often told that we are all ‘unwashed Lefteyes’ with mutlicoloured hair. We are ‘Communists’, we are ‘traitors’ we are ‘paedos’ and ‘terrorist sympathisers’ – among other things. Well, we’re not. I’ve been supporting EBF since the group first started out and I have made many friends there – and they are all different.
Some ARE ‘lefteyes’, no doubt about it – unwashed or not, I don’t know, I haven’t met them all.
One is a Communist, a nice, working class Communist who just wants this weird thing called ‘equality’ for everyone. You could definitely count him as a ‘Lefteye’ I think it’s safe to say.
One EBF friend does have multicoloured hair, if you count the many shades of Henna hair products, pretty much like the ones Jayda Fransen seems to use. ALL of them are people who love their country. Not traitors. They love the diverse communities they live in, they love all the influences our immigrants have had on the country, from Fish n Chips to Ice Cream, from Tikka Masala, to tea. They appreciate the contribution immigrants have made here and they like the fact that we can offer a safe haven for asylum seekers – albeit not as much as we could. None of them are ‘paedos’. All my friends are rightly disgusted by any such offence and have every sympathy with victims. All my friends think that more needs to be done to bring offenders to justice and to support victims; all of them want no more cover ups. No-one makes any distinction between Muslim offenders or non-Muslim offenders – and we all know that Britain First really mean ‘brown skinned’ when they say Muslim. The offence is equally abhorrent whoever commits it.
Nor are we terrorist sympathisers. Terrorism, coming from any quarter is just awful, the suffering and death too awful for words. We all believe that ISIS needs to be dealt with but none of us have the answers. Not for lack of talking about it, not for not wishing to know, but because its’ complicated. There is no panacea and we all believe that there are many variables that go towards radicalising people, people from all backgrounds, not just Muslims.
Many of us think that Britain First are contributing to the radicalisation process in two ways. They are alienating Muslims here, marginalising them and making some defensive about their religion, potentially pushing them towards the waiting arms of those few who would turn them. Britain First are also radicalising non-Muslims by creating fear and hatred and supporting comments about attacks on Mosques. Most of all this happy band are all different. We are men and women, Muslims and Jews and Christians and atheists and Labour party members and Conservatives and older people and young people and bus drivers and teachers and shop workers and office workers and factory floor workers and nurses and black and brown and white and gay and straight and pagan and dinner ladies and fire station personnel and a cycle shop owner and a greengrocer and a councillor – so many ordinary people. Just ordinary people.
Some have been to a march or two, like the anti Pegida march in Newcastle where 1,500 people went and peacefully said they did not want Pegida in Newcastle, some went to London for the March 21st march against racism, many have not been on a march in their life. We lie all over the country, and I mean ALL over the country – we WILL get that get together organised ONE day. But we are just ordinary people, and we oppose Britain First.
And opposing Britain First doesn’t mean we give a green light to paedophiles or terrorists and it doesn’t make us traitors.